Actor Author Journalist

Robert X. Golphin

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican actor
Is Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 2 February 1982, Philadelphia
Age39 years


Robert X. Golphin (born February 2, 1982) is an American actor, writer/director, author, speaker and journalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his role as Dunbar Reed in The Great Debaters.


Golphin holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Spalding University, a B.A. in Theater and Film (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Augustine’s University and a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.


Golphin has had roles in various films and television series including Remember the Daze, “Rounding First”, “Punch Me”, “The Counterparts”, “The Underground Kings”, and The Wire. He made his musical theatre debut as “Kevin” in the 2012 stage-play, “The Storm: An Original Pop-Rock Musical” at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, California.

He has written, produced, and/or directed several award-winning short subject films that have screened in the U.S. and abroad. During his final semester of undergraduate studies at St. Augustine’s University, he directed and produced an authorized stage medley of Spike Lee’s School Daze.

Golphin’s journalism background includes a four-year stint as an on air correspondent for Reelblack TV, and published credits in The Philadelphia Inquirer ‘First Take’ Newspaper, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun, SCOOP USA Newspaper, The Manning Times, The Campbell Times, and Teen People Magazine among others.

Golphin co-founded Brotherside Entertainment, LLC, an award-winning North Carolina based film production company.

He is the author of the young adult novel, “Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar”.


Acting (Film & TV)

2004Simply UntitledRoland
2004Wire, TheThe WireCrackhead (uncredited)Episode: “Back Burners”
2005Rounding FirstQuick Mart Clerk
2005Track MarksMarkee Percy
2005Private JetManny
2006–09Reelblack TVOn Air CorrespondentVarious episodes
2007Remember the DazeBoy 2Also known as “The Beautiful Ordinary”
2007The Great DebatersDunbar Reed
2008John AdamsMale SlaveEpisode: “Join or Die”
2008Beautiful Man in the BuffDevaun CheriNominated-Best Actor In A Short, Downbeach Film Festival
2009In Heaven’s CourtShawn Johnson
2011Un-PerfectDouglas, Jr.
2011Punch MeSonNominated-Best Actor In A Short, Atlantic City CineFest
2013Pretentious: Skylar AvielleSkylar Avielle
2013Blue Plate TeleportationTerrence
2014The Underground KingsJavierPilot Episode
2014The CounterpartsSeries RegularWeb Series
2014The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or Dieas HimselfDocumentary


1997Stricken: Teens Face AidsWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
1999LitWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2002Say Cheese, ElohimWriter-Producer-DirectorExperimental Film
2002HackProduction Assistant (Set)CBS Television/Big Ticket Productions
2004Simply UntitledWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2004AcrimonyDirector of PhotographyFeature/Also known as “Vengeance”
2005Track MarksWriter-ProducerShort Film
2005Private JetWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2005TiltedWriter-Producer-DirectorStudent Film
2005White Men Can’t Rap2nd 2nd Assistant Director, Script SupervisorFeature
2008Beautiful Man in the BuffWriter-ProducerShort Film
2009Bridge, TheThe BridgeWriterShort Film
2009InsecureWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2009Simply Untitled (Redux)Writer-Director-ProducerShort Film
2009Inside of MeWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2011Punch MeWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2011Romeo and His JulietAssociate Producer, Script SupervisorShort Film
2011Un-PerfectWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2012I Am ManWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2012“Sabrina” – Calloway1st Assistant DirectorMusic Video
2012Untitled Comedic SeriesAssistant DirectorTelevision Pilot Presentation
2013Pretentious: Skylar AvielleWriter/Executive ProducerNew Media
2013The Way Things AreWriter/DirectorNew Media
2013African Genesis: The Journey of The Songhai PeopleCinematographerFeature Length Documentary
2014The CounterpartsWriter, Director, Co-Executive ProducerWeb Series
2014The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or DieCo-Director/Executive Producer(In Post-Production)

Theatre (Crew)

1999Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriter-Producer-DirectorDrama Ministry
2000Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriter-Producer-DirectorCommunity Theatre
2005My Breasts, My HairWriter-Producer-DirectorOne Act Play
2006Spike Lee’s School DazeDirector/ProducerAn authorized stage medley
2011Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriterDrama Ministry


  • Golphin, Robert X. (2006). Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4259-6025-4. 



YearPresented byAwardCategoryRoleResult
2008Downbeach Film FestivalBest ActorIn A Short“Devaun Cheri” in Beautiful Man in the BuffNominated
2011Atlantic City CineFestBest ActorIn A Short“Son” in Punch MeNominated


1997AALHOF: African American Legends Hall of FameLegends of TomorrowStricken: Teens Face AidsWon
1998NAACP: National Association for The Advancement of Colored PeopleAct-So Competition, FilmStricken: Teens Face Aids(2nd Place)
1998BEBASHI: Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health IssuesUjimaa Award (now the “John Allen Blue Award”)Stricken: Teens Face AidsWon
1998Philadelphia Please Touch Museum For KidsGreat Friend To Kids Stricken: Teens Face Aids, LITWon
2003ABC Entertainment Television GroupNew Talent Development Program Finalist (“Recognition of Creative Excellence” Recipient)A screenplay(Finalist)
2007Irene I. Parisi, Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionBest Young ScreenwriterA Feature Length Screenplay(2nd Place)
2008Irene I. Parisi, Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionBest Young ScreenwriterA Feature Length Screenplay(Finalist)
2008Downbeach Film Festival, New JerseyBest Short FilmBeautiful Man in the BuffNominated
2009Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketplaceBest Short SubjectBeautiful Man in the Buff(Honorable Mention)
2009Los Angeles Reel Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortInside of Me(Honorable Mention)
2009Indie Short Film CompetitionNarrative ShortInside of Me(Finalist)
2009Trail Dance Film FestivalGolden Drover Award for Best Short DramaInside of MeNominated
2010The Accolade CompetitionAward of Merit-Short FilmInside of MeWon
2010The Accolade CompetitionAward of Merit-DirectionInside of MeWon
2010WorldFest-HoustonRemi Bronze Award – Film and Video Productions (Women’s Issues)Inside of MeWon
2010Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketplaceBest “Short Subject – Honorable MentionInside of MeWon
2010Atlantic City Cinefest (Sponsored by Downbeach Film Festival)Best Local ShortInside of MeWon
2011Black Maria Film + Video FestivalJury’s Citation – 2nd PrizePunch MeWon
2011Love Unlimited Film Festival and Art ExhibitionHonorable MentionPunch MeWon
2011Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketSilver Award for Best Short SubjectPunch MeWon
2011Los Angeles Reel Film FestivalBest Narrative Short – Honorable MentionUn-PerfectWon
2011FilmOut San DiegoSpecial Distinction (Best of LGBT Shorts)Punch Me
2011QBC: Queer Black Cinema FestivalBest Narrative Short – Honorable MentionPunch MeWon
2011Atlantic City CineFestBest Drama, ShortPunch MeNominated
2012Los Angeles Movie AwardsHonorable Mention, Narrative ShortPunch MeWon
2013Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionPrime Time AwardOriginal Teen Drama Television PilotFinalist
2013Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionPrime Time AwardOriginal Television Crime Drama PilotFinalist